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Tiger, Lefty lose to Bubba

Tiger, Lefty lose to Bubba
Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 8:25pm

The best lefty at Torrey Pines turned out to be
Bubba Watson.

Watson made clutch putts on the last two holes Sunday, including a 12-foot birdie on the par-5 18th for a 5-under 67 to win the Farmers Insurance Open in a finish that was dramatic for peculiar reasons.

Phil Mickelson - that other lefty and the San Diego favorite - was one shot behind when he chose to lay up from the rough on the 18th before Watson attempted his birdie putt. Watson made the putt, and Mickelson's only hope was to hole out from 72 yards for eagle.

Mickelson had his caddie, Jim Mackay, tend the flag. His shot landed about 4 feet behind the hole, but stopped well short of going in.

Mickelson closed with a 69.

Tiger Woods started a new year with his worst season debut.

Woods finished a forgettable week at the Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday by closing with a 3-over 75, ending his five-tournament winning streak at Torrey Pines and finishing in the middle of the pack.

He has never finished out of the top 10 in stroke play to start a new season.

Woods was out of the top 40 as the final round still had a few hours remaining.

Woods says he started the week swinging well and it progressively became worse. He heads back to the practice range next week before going to the Middle East for the Dubai Desert Classic, a tournament where he has won twice and never finished out of the top five.

Woods had never finished worst than 10th at Torrey Pines until Sunday.

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